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College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

College tuition, fee hike reignites HOPE debate

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Regents has announced a hike in both tuition and fees for Georgia's state colleges and universities during a meeting Tuesday.

"It's highly likely that tuition will have to increase to meet the needs of the students and to meet the student growth we have experienced," said Regents executive John Millsaps before the meeting.

The tuition hike comes close on the heels of a major overhual of the popular HOPE scholarship program which means students will be left to pay the rising costs of college in the state.

State representative Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, who played a major role in revamping the HOPE scholarship, says tough choices had to be made to keep the program afloat financially.

"Students are still getting one of the best values in the country," State Rep. Collins said. "We feel like we've done what we needed to do to keep a program solvent for future generations.

Gwinnett Students Compete for the Academic Worldquest Title

Gwinnett Students Compete for the Academic Worldquest Title

Gwinnett County --  (submitted by Gwinnett Schools)  Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) will represent the state of Georgia during the upcoming Academic WorldQuest 2011, a national competition which tests students’ knowledge of international affairs, geography, history, culture, and current events. Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) students will represent Georgia during the national event to take place at the Georgetown Conference Center on the Georgetown University campus in Washington, D.C., April 29-30, 2011.

The school district earned the spot to compete at the national level after three teams from two different Gwinnett schools earned top finishes during the Metro-Atlanta Academic WorldQuest Competition which was held earlier this spring. During this local event, GSMST took Georgia’s top spot for the third year in a row. A second GSMST team earned third place, while a team from Parkview High placed second.

11 Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) high school seniors are Scholarship winners

11 Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) high school seniors are Scholarship winners

Gwinnett County, GA --  The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced that 11 Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) high school seniors have been selected as 2011 National Achievement Scholarship winners. The National Achievement Scholarship Program provides a one-time $2,500 scholarship to outstanding Black American high school students, considered as having the strongest record of accomplishments and greatest potential for academic success in college.

The 2011 Gwinnett honorees are:

Berkmar High:

·     Dina A. Hassan

   probable career field: International Relations/Diplomatic Service

Brookwood High:

·     Joel A. Owen

    probable career field: Veterinary Medicine

·     Dania A. Roach

   probable career field: Biomedical Engineering

·     Aida J. Syrkett

   probable career field: Statistics/Information Technology

Dacula High:

·     Patricia E. Ekpo

   probable career field: International Non-profit Management

Grayson High:

·     Brianna I. Edghill

   probable career field: Non-profit Management

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology:

·     Wesley Mitchell

   probable career field: Engineering

·     Amarachi O. Nnakwe

   probable career field: Pediatrics

Parkview High:

·     Tiffany A. Agard

   probable career field: International Relations

South Gwinnett High:

·     Jamal B. Gaddis

   probable career field: Biology

·     Kadeem J. Yearwood

   probable career field: Business Management

These 11 GCPS students join more than 700 outstanding Black American high school seniors across the nation who will receive scholarships totaling more than $2 million dollars as part of the annual National Achievement Scholarship competition, conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). About 100 Achievement Scholars are recipients of the corporate-sponsored Achievement Scholarship awards.

The Nation's largest teacher recognition program awards 2 local standouts

The Nation's largest teacher recognition program awards 2 local standouts

Norcross, GA --  On Saturday, 2 local teachers were awarded the $25,000 Milken Educators Award, which is also known as the "Oscars of Teaching".  The Milken Educator Awards represent the nation's largest teacher recognition program in the US and has given out over $62 million in cash rewards.

The Award ceremony was held in Santa Monica, California and was the highlight of the Milken Educator Forum, which is one of the premier education events joining hundreds of award winning teachers and principals together with education leaders to share their successes and build strategies to strengthen our school systems.

Congratulations to the 2 Georgia winners and their achievements:

Kelly Stopp ? Reading Specialist ? Meadowcreek Elementary School ? Norcross, GA

When it comes to imaginative ways to teach reading, there’s no stopping Kelly Stopp, a second- grade teacher and reading specialist at Meadowcreek Elementary in Norcross, Georgia. To model new instructional methods, she crafted a program that blends poetry with grammar and social studies. Her grammar lesson booklet was so well received that it is used countywide. To more effectively communicate with her predominately Hispanic students and families, Kelly spent six weeks living with a native family in Costa Rica to learn Spanish.

Rachel Willis ? Teacher ? Morningside Elementary School ? Atlanta, GA

As a third-grade teacher looping with her second-grade class, Rachel Willis has overseen first-rate improvements in student achievement and education reform at Morningside Elementary School in Atlanta, Georgia. Last year, 100 percent of her students met or exceeded grade-level standards for reading, Language Arts and math. Rachel’s teaching is both inventive and regimented. She uses differentiated instruction in the classroom and creates elaborate virtual field trips, such as decorating her classroom to look like the Forum for a unit on democracy in Ancient Greece. PROFILE VIDEO LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9PEOipEJcU 

Greater Atlanta Christian School planted an American Heart Association Teaching Garden

Greater Atlanta Christian School planted an American Heart Association Teaching Garden

Norcross, GA--  (submitted by American Heart Association) Greater Atlanta Christian School of Norcross, GA is planting an American Heart Association Teaching Garden as part of an education initiative to help build healthy bodies and minds. The Plant Day Celebration was held on March 17, 2011 at Greater Atlanta Christian and included a planting session for the students throughout the day.

The Greater Atlanta Christian School Teaching Garden was created using American Heart Association science and nutrition guidelines coupled with information from gardening and education experts, all thanks to Teaching Garden founder Kelly Meyer. The program combines nutrition education with garden based learning. It is a real-life laboratory where students learn how to plant seeds, nurture growing plants, harvest produce and ultimately understand the value of good eating habits.

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Students have paid Internship opportunities with county governments

Students have paid Internship opportunities with county governments

ATLANTA, Ga.--  (submitted by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia)  

Students looking an internship this spring and summer should explore opportunities available in county government.  The Georgia County Internship Program (GCIP) was developed through a partnership between the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE) to provide college, graduate and technical school students with opportunities to work in counties, allowing these students to gain valuable work experience while learning about local government operations.  More than 100 paid spring and summer internships currently are available through this program in locations throughout the state.  Interested students can view internship opportunities at: www.GeorgiaCountyInternships.org.

“In addition to developing a skilled workforce through practical internship experiences, the Georgia County Internship Program is promoting civic engagement.” said ACCG Executive Director Ross King. “We are not only connecting students with opportunities in county government; we’re connecting county government with tomorrow’s leaders.”

Last year, ACCG received a $250,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Labor to fund paid internships.  This grant has been extended to fund additional internship opportunities through June 30, 2011.  To date, the program has funded internships in 49 counties for 139 students.